UC Admissions Policies (Freshman and Transfer)

The systemwide admissions guideline comes into existence through the Systemwide Academic Senate and the individual campuses set policies through its own Academic Senate. Here are the places you go to find out what the policies are and how they are set (and/or how they are changing). You can also find links to instructions on making a public records request for unpublished information (toward the end of this post).

UC Academic Senates

UC Systemwide Academic Senate – Board of Admissions and Relations with Schools (BOARS) Reports (note the mo/yr date at the end of each report link)

Berkeley Academic Senate – Admissions, Enrollment, and Preparatory Education (AEPE) Committee (see under “Related Documents” for the most recent reports; the admissions policy was updated again for Fall 2017, better check back every year from now on) – Want a detailed analysis of the new admissions policy and learn what the changes mean in terms of how you should approach the UC Application? Subscribe to my newsletter today to gain access to a point-by-point explanation of the new admissions policy and application strategy recommendations.

Davis Academic Senate – Admissions & Enrollment Committee (see under “Reports” for the most recent reports; section on “computer Predictive Value (PV) score” in the 14-15 Annual Report is interesting)

Irvine Academic Senate – Council on Undergraduate Admissions & Relations with Schools (CUARS) (no reports, just a brief presentation on trends and challenges under “Resources and Related Links”; you may be able to request additional information through public records access – see below)

UCLA Academic Senate – Committee on Undergraduate Admissions and Relations with Schools (CUARS) (mostly brief and/or very old information; you may be able to request additional information through public records access – see below, although UCLA is notorious for not complying with such requests)

Merced Academic Senate – Admissions and Financial Aid Subcommittee (no reports; you may be able to request additional information through public records access – see below)

Riverside Academic Senate – Undergraduate Admissions Committee (check the “Committee Members Handbook” for admissions policies)

San Diego Academic Senate – Standing Committee – Admissions (no reports, some random reports over at Reports & Recommendations; you may be able to request additional information through public records access – see below)

Santa Barbara Academic Senate – Committee on Admissions, Enrollment & Relations with Schools (no reports here, a consolidated archive of annual reports can be found here)

Santa Cruz Academic Senate – Committee on Admissions and Financial Aid (CAFA) (there is a link to an admissions policy archive; the section on “computed Student Success Indicator (SSI) score using a Predicted First Year GPA (PFYGPA) calculation” in the most recent Holistic Review policy is interesting)

UC Public Records Request

The UCs are supposed to furnish admissions policy information and admissions data under state law, but that doesn’t mean they always comply.

Review the Office of Public Records guidelines for access from the UC Office of General Counsel for how you can request information access. To request access to campus-specific information, contact the Information Practices/Public Records Coordinator at each UC campus.

UC Regents Vacancy

Want to change the system from within? There is a vacancy on the UC Board of Regents that is open to the public (regular people like you) as of May 1, 2017. Attend an Appointments Workshop to get up and running (check with your state legislator’s office for upcoming workshops). Remember, anything is possible! Make UCs Great Again!


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